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Borowski recovery to take longer than initially thought

Borowski recovery to take longer than initially thought Bremen, Germany - Tim Borowski's recovery from a back problem is taking longer than expected with the German international midfielder not now expected to return to training for at least two weeks, his club Werder Bremen confirmed Friday.

"At the moment, Tim is doing some bike work and fitness exercises. It would be difficult for him to return next week," said Bremen assistant coach Wolfgang Rolff.

However, teammate Torsten Frings has recovered from a bruised foot and will be able to resume train on Monday. (dpa)


Frings vows to fight for place in Germany side

Frings vows to fight for place in Germany sideBremen, Germany  - Torsten Frings has dismissed talk of retiring from the German national side, saying it was still his aim to play at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The 32-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder has not been picked for Germany since a 1-0 defeat to Norway in a friendly international in February.

But Frings told Thursday's Express newspaper he would be fighting to regain his place in Joachim Loew's squad.

"My big aim is to be world champion in 2010," he said.


Sanoga set for St Etienne signing

Sanoga set for St Etienne signing Bremen, Germany - Ivory Coast striker Boubacar Sanogo is set to join St Etienne from Werder Bremen, the German Bundesliga club said Wednesday.

Sanogo, 26, will sign for the French club pending a medical examination, Werder media director Tino Polster said.

Sanoga arrived at Werder from SV Hamburg two years ago but failed to claim a regular first-team place. He spent a period on loan at Bundesliga side Hoffenheim last season before returning to Werder in July. (dpa)


Borowski appears set for Bremen return

Borowski appears set for Bremen returnBremen  - Tim Borowski appears set to return to Bundesliga club Werder Bremen as the Germany midfielder is no longer wanted by Bayern Munich, a news report said on Monday.

Borowski, 29, left Bremen for Munich two years ago but has rarely been a starter there. He can look for another club and told the Kreiszeitung Syke paper that he has already met with Bremen sports director Klaus Allofs.

"We had a first meeting which went well. The issue is very interesting for me," said Borowski.


Werder Bremen clinch Marin hiring from Moenchengladbach

Werder Bremen clinch Marin hiring from Moenchengladbach Bremen - Germany midfielder Marko Marin will leave Borussia Moenchengladbach for Bundesliga rivals Werder Bremen for the new season, Bremen sports director Klaus Allofs said on Wednesday.

"The clubs met again on Tuesday. We reached an agreement," Allofs told the German Press Agency dpa.

No financial details were given but Marin is said to cost around 9 million euros (12.5 million dollars). The 20-year-old is currently playing at the under-21 European championships in Sweden. (dpa)


Tamils stage protest at German church congress venue

Tamils stage protest at German church congress venueBremen, Germany  - German-based Tamils staged a protest against the Sri Lankan army's crushing of Tamil rebels, during a major religious gathering on Thursday.

Some 200 Tamils attended the rally in the northern city of Bremen where Chancellor Angela Merkel was among the 300,000 guests at the Protestant Church Congress.


Diego confirms Juve intentions, Bayern distance themselves

Diego confirms Juve intentions, Bayern distance themselves Bremen, Germany - Werder Bremen playmaker Diego looks certain to move to Juventus Turin after confirming that he has already agreed terms with the Italian giants and Bayern Munich made clear they aren't interested in the player.

Both Juve and Bremen admitted last week that they were in talks over a possible transfer but the Brazilian had hinted that he might be interested in staying in Germany if Bayern stepped in.

However, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge made clear to the Bild newspaper that the German champions were not in the market for Diego.


Allofs: "Wont confirm Diego transfer"

Klaus AllofsBremen, Germany  - German Bundesliga club Werder Bremen CEO Klaus Allofs on Tuesday said that they could not confirm reports that Brazilian playmaker Diego had been sold.

German media reports had earlier said that the Brazilian international, who has been instrumental in helping the club to the German Cup final and the UEFA Cup final this season, had been sold.

The online version of the German football magazine Kicker said that Diego's transfer to Juventus had been finalized, while the Bild newspaper website claimed that he had been sold to Bayern Munich.


Mertesacker another worry for Werder Bremen

Mertesacker another worry for Werder BremenBremen, Germany  - Werder Bremen might be without Germany defender Per Mertesacker for the rest of the season after the defender ruptured a ligament in his foot during Thursday night's 3-2 UEFA Cup semi-final victory against SV Hamburg.

Mertesacker, who was taken off early in the second half, could also miss the UEFA Cup final against Shakhtar Donetsk on May 20. Bremen will already be without midfielder Diego and striker Hugo Almeida, both of whom are suspended for that game.


Artist transforms sailing ship canvasses into purses

Artist transforms sailing ship canvasses into pursesBremen, Germany - They have many thousands of sea miles behind them and borne the brunt of many a storm.

But eventually even the best of sails has to be discarded. That's when designer Jan-Marc Stuehrmann of Bremen, Germany steps in to give the old material new life as a purse. He buys huge amounts of old sail material from sail makers and hands it over to prisoners in jails across Bremen and the surrounding area where it is transformed into trendy, one-of-a-kind shoulder bags.


Bremen discuss Diego with Juventus

Bremen discuss Diego with JuventusBremen, Germany - Werder Bremen have held talks with Italian Serie A giants Juventus over their Brazilian playmaker, Bremen sports director Klaus Allofs has confirmed.

Allofs told Wednesday's local Kreiszeitung Syke newspaper that there had been discussions by phone with Juventus but "no negotiations."

"When a club has an interest (in a player) it's normal that you telephone each other," he was quoted as saying.


Klasnic rejects Bremen settlement as he he seeks the truth

Klasnic rejects Bremen settlement as he he seeks the truth Bremen, Germany  - Croatian footballer Ivan Klasnic on Friday rejected a settlement in a dispute with his former club Werder Bremen over his kidney problems which eventually led to a transplant.

Klasnic said he reject an offer of 350,000 euros (462,000 dollars) made by a Bremen judge not because the sum was too small but rather because he wants Bremen team doctors to acknowledge that they did not treat him properly.

"I could have died on the pitch ... I want justice to win and the truth to be revealed," Klasnic said.


Germans develop new jack-up ships to build offshore windparks

Germans develop new jack-up ships to build offshore windparks Bremen, Germany  - German companies said Thursday they are to order four new high-technology ships which will be able to lower stilts 50 metres to the seabed and jack themselves up.

Cranes on the vessels may need only about a week to assemble an offshore wind turbine, according to details from civil-engineering company Hochtief in Bremen. The windmills will be built on concrete artificial islands.

The new fleet, operated jointly with the Beluga shipping company of Bremen, would be able to erect 160 wind turbines a year.


German international Frings to miss Bundesliga game

German international Frings to miss Bundesliga game Bremen - International Torsten Frings will miss Werder Bremen's Bundesliga match against Borussia Dortmund on the weekend and seems likely to have to withdraw from the Germany squad for the World Cup qualifiers on March 28 and April 1.

The midfielder has an ankle injury that will force him to miss the game against Dortmund and makes him doubtful for the games against Liechtenstein in Leipzig and in Cardiff against Wales.


Diego confirms other clubs are looking to tempt him from Bremen

Diego confirms other clubs are looking to tempt him from Bremen Bremen, Germany  - Werder Bremen's Diego has confirmed that other clubs are interested in enticing the midfielder away from the German Bundesliga club at the end of the season.

"I have been here for three years and have another two years to

run on my contract. Offers have been made for me," the Brazilian said in an interview published in Wednesday's Die Welt newspaper.

"Either I'll stay or I'll go but I won't know which until after the season ends."


Werder Bremen chairman resigns over payment allegations

Werder Bremen chairman resigns over payment allegations Bremen, Germany - Werder Bremen club chairman Juergen L. Born resigned Friday after new allegations of payments from a Peruvian player agency.

Born issued a statement from South America via the club saying he was resigning with immediate effect but denying any financial impropriety.

Werder have begun an investigation into a new allegation that payments were made to the club chairman's son in connection with former striker Nelson Valdez's contract extension six years ago.


Werder Bremen put Pizarro signing on hold over Peru probe

Werder Bremen put Pizarro signing on hold over Peru probe Bremen, Germany - Werder Bremen will make no decision on retaining striker Claudio Pizarro until it knows the outcome of an investigation into alleged tax evasion and money laundering involving the player's adviser.

Klaus Allofs, the club's sports director, was quoted by Tuesday's local Kreiszeitung Syke newspaper as saying it would await the results of the investigation being conducted by authorities in Peru.


Diego on defensive after more headline trouble

Diego on defensive after more headline troubleBremen, Germany  - The Bundesliga has had some eccentric players from Brazil in the past, but at least Werder Bremen have a model professional in Diego Ribas da Cunha - commonly known as Diego. Until now that is.

This season the modest 23-year-old playmaker has been finding himself increasingly in the headlines for reasons which have often had little to do with his undoubted prowess on the field.


Hiking club begins trek through Germany

Hiking club begins trek through GermanyBremen, Germany  - Hiking has long since transformed from a sport for senior citizens to an activity with a cult-like following.

Thanks to a hiking club in Bremen, northern Germany, enthusiasts have a special opportunity in 2009 to practice their hobby and get rid of some of the pounds they may have piled on over Christmas.

The year-long event 10,000,000 Steps - Fit through Germany began


Bremen designer creates handicrafts for the head

Bremen, Germany  - A Bremen-based designer is turning heads with hats that look like grandma herself made them, while giving the wearer a light, airy feel.

The hats by Petra Deginther do not just keep people's heads warm, but also give the wearer an original look. Deginther's collection has 40 models including berets, caps in the 1920s styles, wide-brimmed hats with ribbed designs, knitted caps and hats with earflaps.

The craze started a few years ago with a homemade hat.

"Someone bought it right off my head," Deginther says. From then on, she turned her hobby into a career. Meanwhile, she employs employed 10 seamstresses and sells her wares online at www. deginther. (dpa)


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